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30 June 2022, 19:03

Belarusian MTZ eager to sell 20,000 tractors to Russia per annum

GRODNO, 30 June (BelTA) – MTZ intends to sell 20,000 tractors to Russia per annum. Director General of the Belarusian tractor manufacturing company MTZ Vitaly Vovk mentioned it during the 9th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia in Grodno, BelTA has learned.

The MTZ CEO said: “Two agreements will be signed during the Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia: one with Russia's Krasnodar Territory and another one with Irkutsk Oblast. Those are not simply new agreements. They build up on the existing ties. We've already started assembling tractors in Krasnodar Territory. The first 50 tractor assembly kits have already been shipped there. We've opened a classroom in a university in Irkutsk Oblast this year. But our key task today is to expand the choice of vehicles that we sell to Russia. Those are municipal vehicles and forestry machines. Our tractor factory makes not only agricultural machines but a broad range of products.”

Vitaly Vovk shared plans concerning MTZ's development in 2022: “We would like export to Russia to increase by 20%. It depends on joint work of our Russian partners among other things. Work of Russian specialists accounts for 60% in every tractor, this is why we would like our tractors to increase their presence on the Russian market. All the conditions are available for it and we believe that our partners from Russia will direct their attention to MTZ.”

The MTZ director general noted that the company is ready to substitute all the imported machines and vehicles. “Our enterprise is a genuine locomotive for the development of manufacturing cooperation and for keeping manufacturing capacities of our countries busy. Let me give you an example. Tractor making industry gives from 7 to 12 jobs in other industries [per one job in tractor manufacturing]. Out of the 12 jobs six are located in Russia,” Vitaly Vovk stressed.

The executive added that MTZ is present in all regions of Russia to a degree: “We would like to sell 20,000 tractors to Russia per annum. Today we sell 14,000-15,000 units of our products to Russia.”

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